Reducing venous thromboembolism risk through a collaborative team approach


Sherman Hospital


Purpose: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a preventable cause of death following surgical procedures and is associated with increased cost and patient complications. The purpose of this article is to outline a collaborative team approach to reducing VTE rates within an organization in an effort to increase the quality and safety of care provided.

Design: An interdisciplinary team collaborated on an approach to reduce VTE rates within the organization following a literature review of best practices related to risk assessment, nurse driven protocols, interdisciplinary collaboration, and autonomy.

Methods: Through an interdisciplinary collaborative effort, improvements were made toward decreasing rates of the patient safety indicator-12: perioperative pulmonary embolism/deep vein thrombosis.

Findings: Following implementation of several initiatives, the VTE rate within the organization steadily decreased and has remained below benchmark for over 18 months.

Conclusion: The successful improvements led by the interdisciplinary VTE Committee demonstrate the impact of best practices implemented through shared decision-making and autonomy.

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